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Nokia's Smartphone Launch Bores the Big Apple

Nokia's Smartphone Launch Bores the Big Apple

Nokia took over the Big Apple yesterday morning at their launch party, introducing the brand new Lumia 920 as well as the lower tier phone, the Lumia 820. Both of these phones operate on Microsoft Windows 8 and neither of the phone's prices were confirmed. Nokia's launching of the two phones didn't seem to impress Manhattan too much. In fact, some seem to be a bit weary of how the phones will compare to competitors. The phones don't appear to hold any weight as far as being impressive or different out on the market. The Lumia 920 has a 4.5 inch... more »
Mobile Revenue Will Soar for Facebook, Millennial Media and Mobile Social Media Revolution

Mobile Revenue Will Soar for Facebook, Millennial Media and Mobile Social Media Revolution

According to eMarketer report cited in the Wall Street Journal, the mobile revolution will be a lift for Facebook.  Companies pioneering this effort like Millennial Media , Apple, and Google Admob will contribute to this new mobile platform trend. Despite worries about Facbeook's ability to make money from mobile devices, new research predicts the social network's U.S. mobile-advertising revenue will quintuple next year, catapulting it into the top ranks of the mobile-ad business, behind market leader Google. "We play a vital role in allowing developers and publishers to monetize their users and thrive in the growing mobile space," said Paul Palmieri, chief executive... more »
Future Big Data: Sport Analytics Gives Competitors An Edge

Future Big Data: Sport Analytics Gives Competitors An Edge

Some people like to say "it's the taking part that counts," but let's face it, that's crap. Competitive sports these days are all about the winning, with huge stacks of cash being the primary motivating factor. It’s true for athletes, coaches and team owners alike – sure, the 'taking part' might be 'nice', but the money that comes from actually winning is far more satisfying. With money being such a huge motivating factor in modern sports, teams and players will do whatever it takes to win. Sometimes, this means resorting to questionable methods like taking performance enhancing drugs, bribing officials, or just plain, outright... more »
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Amazon Gives NFL Fans a Glimpse of the Kindle Fire 2

Today’s mobile news roundup features: last night’s Kindle Fire sneak-peek; Samsung facing an antitrust probe in South Korea; Microsoft to hire 1000 people to boost mobile efforts in China; and Android ICS now in more devices. Kindle Fire 2 makes appearance at NFL If you watched the NFL season kickoff between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants on NBC last night, you might have seen the Kindle Fire 2 which is set to be officially unveiled today.  The almost minute-long commercial features a lot of Amazon boxes being delivered but what stands out is the tablet used in the ad.  Based... more »
Anti-Piracy Groups Monitoring BitTorrent Swarms

Anti-Piracy Groups Monitoring BitTorrent Swarms

Ever had that feeling that you’re being watched? Well, if you’re one of those people who likes to save on money by downloading torrent files, then your suspicions might just be correct. This is especially true if you happen to download your torrents from the popular file-sharing service BitTorrent, where researchers from Birmingham University have revealed that anyone who joins up with a swarm to download multimedia files is likely to show up on the radar of numerous copyright enforcement agencies that are closely monitoring the site. Presenting their findings at this week’s SecureComm conference in Padua, Italy, this week, the researchers... more »
HP Releases Open Source webOS Beta for Developers

HP Releases Open Source webOS Beta for Developers

It has been a long and arduous road for webOS. The operating system that was once heralded as the savior of the dying Palm product line nearly almost died itself. But HP is attempting to breathe new life into webOS, and that began with the release of its code under an open source license. The newest build, now in Beta, is available for developers to test and contribute code. One of the useful features of this release is that developers can run it from the desktop, specifically within Ubuntu, which like webOS, is based on the Linux kernel and is open... more »
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Privacy the Forgotten Threat in Apple UDID Leaks - Apple Denies Info Share

Recent news emerged around the alleged AntiSec hacking of an FBI computer that leaked a revealing 1 million Apple product IDs and the threat of another 11 million on deck.  The FBI has apparently denied this has even happened, and yet a pretty stark element is being largely overlooked in all the reaction to this unfolding story.  That is that up until recently, there was a significant amount of tracking being done on Apple devices, including a wealth of personal information - all without user consent. Apple has chimed in with a denial of any sharing of information with the FBI... more »
State Governments Urged To Adopt Big Data Strategies

State Governments Urged To Adopt Big Data Strategies

IT experts are urging state governments to begin laying the foundations so that big data can be utilized for the public good at the earliest opportunity. The report, Is Big Data a Big Deal for State Governments?, was put out by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) last month, and advises states to create data governance policies and enterprise architecture as soon as possible, so that authorities can better utilize the big data generated by their agencies. According to the report’s authors, while there are some notable exceptions, state governments have largely failed to embrace big data, as they... more »
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Exclusive Interview: Nicira Martin Casado Presents Vision for Changing IT

Ed note: At the end of VMworld 2012 SiliconAngle CEO John Furrier and Wikibon Networking Analyst Stuart Miniman had an exclusive interview with Nicira Co-Founder and CTO Martin Casado in the SiliconAngle Cube. A pioneer in developing the key technologies in virtual networking, Casado is a visionary who seldom sits for interviews. In this rare event, he talks about the future of virtual networking and the virtual data center, what it means for the careers of IT professionals, Open Source versus Open Standards, the multi-hypervisor data center environment, and how reality is often confused with mis-perception in the media, including social... more »
Megaupload’s Downfall Impact Continues, Filesonic Goes Offline

Megaupload’s Downfall Impact Continues, Filesonic Goes Offline

Looks like Megaupload’s debacle and downfall is going to have strong aftermath for other file sharing and cyberlocker services. And this is evident from the ceased cyberlocker site Filesonic. Filesonic, which was listed among the top 10 largest file-sharing sites on the internet, got seriously affected by the shutdown of Megaupload. The site suddenly terminated its rewards program and third-party sharing, and lost huge amounts of traffic after the entire Megaupload scenario. Once having quarter billion page views a month, Filesonic’s Alexa graph showed drastic downfall in traffic this year, leading to sudden cease. Firstly, they terminated the personal revenue generation... more »

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- George Gilbert

While Oracle has many technical advantages in its favor for mainstream customers building standalone Web-scale apps or ones that extend their Oracle apps in the Oracle Public cloud, CIOs should understand the limits of running Oracle in the cloud. For now, customers who want to build the same type of apps and run Oracle on other public clouds such as Amazon, Azure, and Google, the Oracle 11g and 12c DBMS's have a showstopper: the inability to run at scale. Those public clouds don't have the dedicated hardware that Oracle's core 11g or 12c database needs in order to run at scale on a cluster.

- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.